Sasha Pieterse: 'Pretty Little Liars' Star Talks Weight Gain, Fires Back At Body Shamers

Lindsay McCane

Sasha Pieterse is firing back at body shamers!

The Pretty Little Liars star who plays the character Alison DiLaurentis on the Freeform series has been busy this season fighting off "Uber A" with her besties Spencer (Troian Bellisario), Aria (Lucy Hale), Hanna (Ashley Benson) and Emily (Shay Mitchell), all while trying to remain alive in a universe that obviously wants her dead. However, when she isn't trying to solve the mystery around her sister's death, and reveal who is trying to kill her, Sasha Pieterse is focusing on her body image and those who insist on calling her out for her recent weight gain.

Fans started noticing Sasha's fuller figure last year and started asking questions about her weight. Many were concerned with Sasha's health, while others questioned whether or not she was pregnant. All of the speculation prompted Sasha to share the real reason she had been putting on some extra pounds. At the time, Pieterse explained that she had been suffering from a bad hormone imbalance that had thrown her "body completely out of whack," People Magazine reported. In addition, Sasha urged others who are suffering from similar conditions that cause weight gain to "deal with it in a healthy way."

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"There was major backlash on social media," she wrote. "People were actually angry that I had gained weight, I was being (and still am) called names, made fun of, the (unfortunate) usual but it wasn't until people started asking and assuming I was pregnant that I decided to say something."

Sasha went on to explain how hard it is to be a woman in today's society. With the standards set so high, it is almost impossible for a woman to love her body, but Pieterse is urging other women to see the positives in their lives, rather than focus on their flaws and insecurities. She wants all women to love themselves no matter what, even if they have gained a little weight.

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Sasha added, "Do not lower yourself to people who refuse to grow higher. If you don't love yourself, you'll continue to chase people who don't love you either."

Read Sasha Pieterse's full statement about weight gain and body shamers below.

— Sasha Pieterse (@SashaaPieterse) July 14, 2016

"This really helped me and i really really really appreciate it. i'm glad a celebrity finally said it," one Instagram user wrote, while another added, "This is so inspiring. This actually helped me in so many ways sasha. Thank you thank you so much."

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